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Definition of 'offend'

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People put you in a box and are then almost personally offended when you act outside it. Times, Sunday Times (2013)When people leave prison they ought to be less likely to offend than when they come in. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Lenders need to offend less and understand more. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Helping them realise they are human beings with responsibility towards others makes them less likely to offend. The Sun (2011)Electric racing is far less likely to offend. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It doesn't hurt to be offended now and then. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It's easy to see the way that those evils hurt and offend people. Christianity Today (2000)But if they were actually hurt and offended, who could they possibly complain to? The Sun (2009)Mrs. Rachel got up with an air of offended dignity. LM Montgomery Anne of Green Gables (1872)

Synonyms of 'offend'

disgust, revolt, turn (someone) off, put off
break the law, sin, err, do wrong

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Translations for 'offend'

British English: offend /əˈfɛnd/ VERB
If you offend someone, you upset or embarrass them.
I'm sorry if I offended you.
Television censors are cutting out scenes which they claim may offend.
  • American English: offend
  • Arabic: يُسيِءُ إِلَى
  • Brazilian Portuguese: ofender
  • Chinese: 犯罪
  • Croatian: uvrijediti
  • Czech: urazit
  • Danish: fornærme
  • Dutch: beledigen
  • European Spanish: ofender
  • Finnish: loukata
  • French: offusquer
  • German: beleidigen
  • Greek: θίγω
  • Italian: offendere
  • Japanese: 不快感を与える
  • Korean: 위반하다
  • Norwegian: fornærme
  • Polish: obrazić
  • European Portuguese: ofender
  • Romanian: a ofensa
  • Russian: оскорбить
  • Spanish: ofender
  • Swedish: förnärma
  • Thai: ทำให้ขุ่นเคือง
  • Turkish: gücendirmek
  • Ukrainian: ображати
  • Vietnamese: xúc phạm

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